Thousands of music lovers flooded the streets of Gastown Wednesday night to participate in the city’s fifth annual Make Music Festival.
Started in Paris in 1982, Make Music is an international event for amateur musicians and their admirers with over 100 countries participating worldwide. More than 300 singers, strummers and snare-drum players took over Water Street last night and turned the block into a giant, open-air dance floor.
All musical genres were represented during the free, five-hour event that featured some of Vancouver’s best undiscovered talent. Disco Funeral, who describe themselves as a mix of “No Doubt, The Doors and a dash of nutmeg” drew a huge crowd with their funky beats. Venezuelan folk music ensemble Asi Somos were a big hit as well and had parents dancing in the streets while their embarrassed children watched in horror.
In addition to providing major exposure for burgeoning talent, the folks at Make Music Vancouver pride themselves on their ability to reduce their environmental footprint. Organizers worked with Recycling Alternative to recycle all containers and to compost all food waste, while the gang at BEST Bike Valet made it possible for festival-goers to “coat-check” their bikes for free without missing a beat.